The Heart’s Performance|| Art Exhibition


October 2023


Lobby Gallery, Main Level (near the historic theatre)

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-2pm

Always Free to Attend. Always Inspiring.

Meet the artist during the Downtown Art Crawl on Friday, October 20 from 4-8 PM with live demonstrations sharing her creative process for this historic and iconic medium.

See the collection on display at the Paramount by downloading a free PDF copy of Kary’s art catalog.

As an artist, Janousek created images for her exhibition located just outside the Paramount’s theatre that connected to historic plays about love, loss and heartbreak. Four of her images are graphic and were not installed onsite in the Lobby Gallery. However, to honor her full vision of the exhibition, a virtual gallery has been created for adult audiences (Full Gallery View).

Exhibition Description: Artist Statement

Oscar Wilde once said “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. This collection of storytelling ambrotype and tintype photographs explores how classical theatrical subjects and themes play out in the reality of our human experience through the lens of a women’s perspective. These images were made in studio, using the historical wet plate collodion process invented in 1851, and are all long exposures, 4-11 seconds in duration, giving them not only a timelessness, but also a romantic quality being, in effect, miniature films on one plate. 

About the Artist: Kary Janousek

I was born near the Ohio River, but I have lived in North Dakota for 20 years now with my husband. I have always had an interest in history, fashion, music, creative writing, and art. I pursued many of these fields over the course of my life. But my only experience in photography was using a digital camera to take pictures for my online vintage millinery business. 

After modeling for a series of ambrotype images, I fell in love with the experience and was determined to learn. I began practicing the wet plate collodion process in Autumn 2019, and with hard work, passion, and help from colleagues, it has become my full-time focus. I have a natural light studio located in downtown Fargo. 

Connect with Kary virtually.

Like what you see?

Consider adding a piece to your collection and supporting an artist. All the artwork noted
in this catalog that is on exhibit at the Paramount is for sale, unless otherwise noted.

Purchasing the Work
• Bring this catalog (coming soon!) to the Gallery Gift Shop located at the Paramount (right side of the
building facing St. Germain Street). Let the cashier know what item you would like to buy.
• If not today, you can also contact the Paramount at 320-259-5463 and purchase it by
providing a credit card over the phone while it is still on exhibit.

Purchase Location: Gallery Gift Shop Hours*
Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM, and Saturday: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
*Open one hour before most performances